A community food cooperative in Bismarck is making progress on addressing its debts.

The Bisman Community Food Co-op last October owed vendors more than $236,500, with more than $42,000 of that owed to local producers.

General Manager Carmen Hoffner tells The Bismarck Tribune that the co-op has been paying off up to $3,000 of its back debt each week.

The co-op store was opened with the premise of giving shoppers a place to buy healthy, locally grown foods.

Hoffner says the co-op has switched to a new principal vendor, and also cut back on staff and product ordering, and is now operating under budget.

Vendor Mirek Petrovic says small, local vendors have been willing to wait for their money because the co-op is a great opportunity for them.